Northwestern is the fourth seed in the region, while Washington is the first. The Wildcats scraped by Akron in the first round; the Huskies defeated UT-Arlington by double digits. Washington is a 5.5 point favorite in Vegas.
The winner of the Friday's match-up will advance and face the winner of the other Region's quarterfinal – Oregon vs. Iowa – to determine the winner of Region one. Washington is 22-10 on the season and went 14-4 in the Pac-12.
Friday's will be televised on both ESPNU and ESPN3.
A complete 2012 NIT bracket is available here.